Innovation Challenge

Be at the Heart of Change 

Every five minutes, a Canadian dies from cardiovascular disease. As the second leading cause of preventable premature death in Canada, this is a major public health challenge. It’s time for solutions — ones that will transform cardiovascular care for a generation. And you have a role to play.

Enter the Biome by Novartis, a movement for transformational change that helps give Canadians more time to make memories. The Canadian Biome Innovation Hub’s goal is to bring together and empower the Canadian ecosystem to forge the future of healthcare, enhanced by data and digital technologies. We believe in uniting the best of science and technology to build superior, seamless healthcare solutions for patients and caregivers, at scale.

Are you part of a healthcare, pharmaceutical or tech startup? Are you ready to disrupt the healthcare system? Join the Biome by Novartis Innovation Challenge on CVD.  

Together, we can spotlight CVD as a public health priority and focus on large-scale solutions. Take your seat at the Biome CVD Summit. Let’s create a blueprint for the future of cardiovascular care in Canada! Be at the heart of change.
#BiomeSummit2021 #HeartOfChange

Challenges to tackle

Managing the CVD backlog caused by the Pandemic


Creating Interoperability with Healthcare Data


Intervention for Healthy Lifestyle Behavior


 Improve CV care in Remote and Disadvantaged Communities



  • Application Phase

    August 24 - September 12

    Register and submit your team’s solution in a +/- 5 slide PPT or PDF deck!

  • Voting Phase

    September 13

    The top 8 teams will be shortlisted. The results will be announced on the same day.

  • Live presentations

    September 14

    The top 8 teams will present live remote at our community event in Edmonton. The judges will select the top 3 teams.

  • Deepening Phase

    September 15 - October 21

    The top 3 teams will be connected with mentors to further enhance their solutions.

  • Final Event

    November 1

    Top 3 teams to pitch to a panel of industry experts at the Phygital Summit in Montreal

Technical Tests

Please note that it is mandatory for all the participating teams to complete a pre-technical test by Friday September 10th. This test does not guarantee a selection to the next step. Please select a time slot for your pre-technical test HERE. 
The 8 selected teams will have to complete a general technical test on Sep 13th, from 10am-1pm MDT. Please make sure that you will be available during this time. Please make sure you will be using the same device and internet connection for the technical tests and live presentation on Sep 14th.
We invite you to read our speaker guide prior to the technical test and highly encourage the use of wired earphones for an optimized sound quality to avoid audio feedback. Only 1 device per team will be able to connect to the technical tests and virtual live event on Sep 14th.

Final Event Landscape

The final stage of the Innovation Challenge will take place on November 1, 2021, during the Biome Phygital Summit in Montreal. The top three teams will pitch to a panel of industry experts - up to five key players within the Biome Summit.

Each team will have an opportunity to present their solutions to the panel of industry experts during a five-minute pitch. Judges will then question the teams during a five-minute Q&A session in order to gain a more complete understanding of their solutions.

The mentors can:
♦︎ Give relevant advice to the teams to improve their solutions.

♦︎ Connect the teams with partners within the Biome ecosystem to help bring their ideas to life.

Awards and Benefits

Opportunity to meet with executives from the Biome Summit Community spanning from both Private and Public sectors.

Finalists will benefit from expert mentoring working closely with Novartis Biome leaders from different countries to help them shape their idea before the final pitch in Montreal.
Finalists will win tickets to C2 Montreal

The three finalists will have the chance to present their solution in front of the entire Novartis Global Biome community, which includes hubs on major markets across the world including; Canada, USA, UK, Brazil, France, India, Germany, China & Singapore.